Red Nose Winter Ale

North Carolina
United States
Red Nose Winter Ale Natty Greene's Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

For Red Nose, we start with a classic American red ale, a beer that's slightly sweeter than an amber, made with plenty of caramel malts and just enough hops for balance. Then, we bring in a spice profile that supports the aroma of the beer. 

Fresh ginger gives Red Nose a nice bite. A bit of orange peel adds tartness, and cinnamon brings in a clean and spicy top note. Together, they're a perfect complement to the sweet, malty foundation of the red ale.

This is a beer that’s crafted to complement your holiday meals and celebrations. Like the season, it's festive, warm-hearted, companionable – and meant to be shared with your favorite folks.

Profile

ABV: 
6.8%
IBUs: 
21
Judges Review 
Jim Koebel's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Subtle spicing is the theme of this Christmas Ale. Behind nutty, toffee, and chocolate aromas lies a pleasant dose of something herbal and spicy. A low phenol, slightly clove-like, comes out as it warms. This beer looks as it should: dark reddish-brown, clear and with a moderate, off-white head. It tastes primarily malty, with bread, toffee, and lightly sweet flavors. As expected, there's a gentle layer of spice, reminiscent of cardamom, which also adds bitterness. It's moderately carbonated and medium-bodied with low warmth. Overall, this example is a malty beer accented with spices; fans of the style will appreciate that.